Physics, Meet Chi: From a quantum physicist comes a scientific view of "oneness" and other concepts of Chinese medicine
Physics, that most precise of sciences, shows that there is a unity behind all existence, one that provides connections in new, amazing and previously undemonstrated ways -- so said quantum physicist Dr. Hans-Peter Düer in several talks TAI helped sponsor in April. In that unity, matter in the body forms "one huge, coherent vibration," said the physicist, and existence continually remakes itself, its electrons forming and reforming in dancing clouds.
"This is very exciting," comments Bob Duggan, president of TAI. "The vibration that Dr. Düer is talking about sounds like what I experience when I touch an acupuncture point....Advanced physics is catching up with the ancient Chinese," he said. "It's been clear to me for many years that the basic science of healing traditions like acupuncture, homeopathy, touch, and meditation would be discerned by thinkers like Dr. Düer -- scientists rooted in high-energy physics rather than chemistry or molecular sciences."
Dr. Düer is professor emeritus and former managing director of the prestigious Max Planck Institute, as well as a former chair of the Werner Heisenberg Institute of Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany. His talks in Maryland were sponsored by TAI, the University of Maryland's Physics department, the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine, and the Howard County Maryland) education department.
The physicist began by explaining that what non-scientists think of as Western scientific thought is really "a leftover from the 19th century. And it's a very limited way to understand what we mean by reality," because it's either-or: it is based in the idea that if one object is in a certain place at a certain time, another object cannot also be there. In this old physics, the world has real substance, and the ways in which substance comes together make form.
That explanation works in daily life, and Newtonian physics even works well enough to use in navigating ships. But it could not explain the electron, which moves continuously and acts like both a particle and a wave -- where it will move next. And it is the dance of electrons (and the forms manifested by those electrons as they dance) that creates all substance. In modern physics, matter is an offspring of form, not the other way around.
But because electrons move unpredictably, any given bit of substance is only a matter of probability. It is as if the universe constantly "would blink out and reappear in another high probability place," chuckled Düer.
"The universe is created every moment anew. It disappears, the old one, in time for the new one to be created. Very crazy, right?"
Well, not entirely. Form without any matter is familiar to us, Düer said. "Let's say you have St. Matthew's Passion on a record, and you hear a very beautiful soprano singing. You are very excited. You take off the record...and where is the soprano? On the record there is only a scratch in a spiral, nothing else. Only in the shape of that line can you find the soprano." The form is what carries the music.
"The form is also in the brain of the composer. Mozart once said, `I'm just writing down what I hear in my mind.' He knew the form. It was already there and he put it on paper."
A more daily example: "You poke a few numbers into your cell phone and you get the voice of somebody 3000 miles away. How in the world did we do that?" asked Düer. We use the electromagnetic field as a carrier -- a carrier of form. Our phone call creates a particular perturbation of the earth's electromagnetic field. And on the French coast is something that knows shapes very well and it picks out exactly the right perturbation. "Allo," answers a friend in Cannes. This interaction has no material basis, however. What's detected is a form.
So what of matter? If the world is just unpredictably dancing electrons, why don't we fall through the floor? How does my arm hold together? Why do I wake up with my own arm, not somebody else's?
The answer goes like this: The electron patterns have an infinity of forms that they can take to make different substances, it's true -- but each new form is not fully independent of the one that existed a second before, because one form participates in creating the next. Dead matter and living matter are alike in this respect.
However, a table has no power to recreate itself -- its electrons tend to go on doing the same-old same-old. "If I look away and look back, the table is still there," said Düer. But if I look at a person, "I'm not sure when I will really see the same person." Living things behave more like quantum electron patterns than like tables. Life changes from moment to moment in not-very-predictable ways.
From a physicist's point of view, the reason why is founded in the fact that all living molecules have "an electro-dipole moment." That is, they are electrical systems: one end of the molecule is more positively charged than the other. So the molecules string themselves together rather like magnets, positive to negative, and each molecule has millions of overlapping electron clouds, which interact in one gigantic system.
General energy from sunlight, life, or other sources pumps up these living molecules, so that they vibrate about a thousand times faster than the frequency of a cellular telephone. And like the cell phone, their vibration can be modulated to carry messages (DNA, for instance).
That vibration goes out to the body's gazillion water molecules, all of which are strong little dipoles. "The whole water vibrates" and amplifies the vibration even further, said Düer. "This kind of wave goes through the whole body. It brings the whole body into a huge, coherent vibration," the physicist concluded triumphantly.
After hearing Düer's presentation, Bob Duggan observed: "Now we can understand how a word, a look, a touch, or an idea can have a big impact -- how they can open or close the flow of life, like a needle or a drug. With that understanding," Duggan said, "we're called to stay fully aware of our impact on each other and on all creation -- on the Oneness."
While quantum physicist Dr. Hans-Peter Düer was lecturing in the United States this spring, speaking to scientists and students about "one huge, coherent vibration," Eric Watts, a client in TAI's acupuncture treatment program at the Baltimore City Detention Center [see page 13], was writing "The Oneness." Watts presented the poem to his acupuncturists in gratitude for their healing work with him.
Can you hear the earth's breathing? Imagine waves splashing ashore -- it's the sound of the earth's exhalation.
Do you feel in your heartbeat the rhythm of birds as they flap their wings? Or sense in yourself the smooth, graceful glide of large whales through the sea?
Can you feel your life's blood flowing to and from your heart, like water flowing to and from the ocean?
Be still and feel the rhythm of this planet we call earth, moving in a ballet of the planets as we revolve around the sun.
As our galaxy system moves to' the rhythm of the universe, so must our body's systems -- respiratory, circulatory -- move to the rhythm of the universe within us.
Could it be that every particle in the universe is a part of the body of God?
Just as an atom is a part of a molecule that is a part of a gene that is a part of the cells that make up our bodies -- our physical being, can it be that we are each a cell that is a part of the planet that is a part of the galaxy that is a part of the universe that is All of God -- His Physical Being,
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By Alice Lium